Business Insider: Scientology's Los Angeles real estate empire

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Take a tour of Scientology's massive Los Angeles real estate empire

    By Hunter Walker, Business Insider, April 15, 2015

    The Church of Scientology has a huge footprint in Los Angeles. The religion, which made headlines in recent weeks via HBO's "Going Clear" documentary, owned a "real-estate empire of 26 properties" worth as much as $400 million in the city as of 2011, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    While some critics say Scientology maintains a large real-estate portfolio to create the impressions that it is a larger organization than it really is, there is no question the church has an impressive physical presence in the LA area.

    Business Insider visited many of Scientology's properties in the city, including the church's famous "Celebrity Centre" and a museum dedicated to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

    The article includes 22 photos and open comments, here:
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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Today I noticed this article:

    The surprising truth about Scientology’s ever-expanding collection of real estate

    Why is the Church of Scientology sitting on so many historic, unoccupied buildings?

    By Kelsey Pudloski, BuzzBuzzHome, April 18, 2015

    In 2004, The Church of Scientology launched an initiative for property acquisition, hoping to increase its visibility in cities around the world. The Church, which was established by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, uses aggressive fundraising among its members to grow its real estate holdings.

    Despite these efforts, the Church’s membership has actually declined by more than 50 percent since 2001, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Yet, its steady acquisition of property across North America and the UK has not abated, which has led to many buildings falling into decay. Here, we explore 10 major structures that Tom Cruise should really step in and bankroll.

    The article continues with sections on Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Toronto, as well as Gateshead, Manchester, and Moseley in the UK.

    Also, here are two more related articles:

    A Peek Inside The Vast Global Real Estate Portfolio Of The Church Of Scientology

    By Eric Goldschein, Business Insider, January 21, 2012

    Scientology's Hollywood Real Estate Empire

    By Daniel Miller, The Hollywood Reporter, July 21, 2011
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  4. RightOn Member

    dig dig dig people!
    You are only at the very beginning of the rabbit hole!
    Errr…. I mean clam hole
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's video of a man explaining how in 1996 the cult began gradually taking over the apartments at 1831 Bronson Avenue, across from the Celebrity Centre.

    Published by AngryGayPope on June 27, 2015

    A long-time resident of Hollywood tells the Angry Gay Pope how the Church of Scientology systematically takes over neighborhoods. They threw him out of his own apartment! Eventually main Scientology properties, like the Celebrity Centre, get surrounded by a ring of cult buildings even though the structures don't say "Scientology" on them.
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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Today the cult issued this press release, about the apartments that are mentioned in the post above this one.


    Scientology Golden Crest Religious Retreat Inaugurated In Los Angeles as Scientology Boom Rolls On

    Over 1,500 gathered in Hollywood on October 10 to celebrate the dedication of the Golden Crest, a second new religious retreat to serve Scientologists attending Scientology training and spiritual counseling.

    Just minutes from the Ideal Pacifica Bridge, the Golden Crest's spacious apartments are convenient and distraction-free--and thus the ideal environment for parishioners to audit themselves to the state of Clear and beyond.

    Perfect for families and those in L.A. for extended stays, the Golden Crest is dedicated for Scientologists participating in services at the Ideal Pacifica Bridge--the complex of Churches on L. Ron Hubbard Way that spans the entire range of Scientology services. It begins with the Ideal Church of Scientology of Los Angeles at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and L. Ron Hubbard Way--where Scientologists and those first learning about the religion progress through all the fundamental levels of the Scientology Bridge to Total Freedom.

    Adjoining the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles, the American Saint Hill Organization, ASHO, takes Scientologists through the next phase of their journey with legendary Power Processing. It is also here that Scientology ministers and ministers-in-training perfect their skill on the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course.

    And finally, the Ideal Advanced Organization of Los Angeles, where Scientologists embark on their journey to higher states of spiritual awareness.

    With the dedication of two new religious retreats in as many weeks--the Fountain October 3 and the Golden Crest October 10--parishioners may choose the facility that best suits their needs as they ascend the Bridge on L. Ron Hubbard Way.

    The first nine months of 2015 have been marked by stellar expansion including:

    • The opening of the Fountain religious retreat on October 3, just steps from the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles;
    • The dedication of a magnificent new Narconon in Ojai, California, on September 13, providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to artists and leaders in society;
    • The September 12 opening of the Continental Narconon of Latin America, in Villa Victoria, Mexico, to provide drug rehabilitation and to train Narconon specialists for Narconon centers throughout the 21 nations of Latin America;
    • The inauguration of the Narconon United Kingdom drug rehabilitation and training center on September 5 on a country estate in Maynards Green, East Sussex, England;
    • The September 5 launch of the Continental Narconon for Europe on Denmark's idyllic Lake Arresø;
    • The August 8 inauguration of the Ideal Church of Scientology of Tokyo, in Shinjuku--the beating heart of the city;
    • The July 18 grand opening of the new Ideal Continental Liaison Office in East Grinstead, United Kingdom;
    • The July 11 opening of the Scientology Information Center at the Church's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida--along with six new centers to make Church-supported humanitarian programs readily available to the Clearwater community;
    • The dedication of the majestic Ideal Church of Scientology in Bogotá, Colombia, July 5;
    • The opening in April of an Ideal Church of Scientology where France, Germany and Switzerland converge: in Basel, Switzerland.

    More openings are planned in Australia, Africa, Europe and North America in the year ahead.

    Continued here: as Scientology Boom Rolls On/10962795.html
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  9. Mike addressed this:
  10. I'd like to reiterate an observation that Mike made in other posts concerning Scientology real estate. As I recall, Mike has previously explained that: (1) attorney Monique Yingling has constantly pressured DM and the Church of Scientology concerning the IRS rule against a 501(c)(3) non-profit church accumulating an excessive amount of money; and (2) a loophole to that rule is that a church can properly "spend" money on facilities to provide religious services to parishioners, thus retaining the value of the real estate.
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  11. Quentinanon Member

    Would like to see the sauce on that IRS rule.
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Spookiest Spots In L.A. That Are Scary Year-Round

    By Annie Lloyd, LAist, October 23, 2017


    We’ve covered lots of possibilities for haunted frights in the L.A. area this Halloween season, but seasonal haunted houses aren’t the only way to get spooked in this city. Los Angeles has no shortage of eerie locales, from abandoned hospitals to suicide locations to the mysterious occult history of our most important scientific research institution, so don’t let the interminable sunshine distract you from the darkness within.


    The Church of Scientology owns an absurd amount of property in Los Angeles (reportedly $400 million in Hollywood real estate holdings alone, according to Curbed LA) and the buildings are anything but subtle.

    From the massive blue West Coast HQ on Fountain Avenue to the media studios on Sunset Boulevard to the Celebrity Centre on Franklin Avenue, the buildings occupy massive amounts of space and all feature prominent displays of the Scientology names. Many of the buildings are open to the public as well; the Celebrity Centre, for example, hosts regular tours and even has a French restaurant on its campus.

    The scariest part is how blatantly the Church has bought these properties, all in cash, and displayed their name despite years of ex-members decrying the religious organization and condemning it as a cult. Perhaps, as Scientology demonstrates, the most effective way to allow for something seedy to exist is to thrust it into coexistence with the regular world.

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